Meet Your Instructors
Donna Fellman - Online Education Director
Donna has been the Online Education Director and lead instructor of World Tea Academy since its inception in 2013. Donna's experience managing tea houses, training staff, and talking to customers convinced her that the future of the specialty tea industry needed a strong foundation in tea education. Since then, she has focused her work on serving the tea industry's needs by creating educational programs and classes, especially for the tea professional through several organiztions and company training programs. She studied Chado for 12 years and co-authored Tea Here Now, (Inner Ocean Publishing, 2005) exploring tea as a way of life. She also has an M.S. in Holistic Nutrition.
Lisa Richardson - Online Assistant Education Manager
Lisa has studied and traveled the globe researching and learning from masters about tea. Since forming Lisa Knows Tea in 2000, she has consulted with companies in product line development, worked with several Fortune 500s to help launch new tea lines, and trained employees in tea knowledge and service. Lisa is a sought-out speaker, teaching to the industry and to the public. She has authored three tea books with her latest being Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage (Chronicle Books, 2014).